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tonight, why we're asking here, has the jury decided already? no surrender. hundreds arrested as the demonstrations against wall street now grow. a half dozen more cities joining in. what's fueling the anger? and tonight, the protesters in their own words. taking them on. the president with his boldest swipe yet at the republicans that want his job, asking why none of them said anything when this gay soldier was booed during the republican debate. tonight, one candidate on that stage wishes he'd done more. fair price? a "world news" fact check tonight. the president's new jobs plan, and this evening, we ask, would every one of those jobs created cost taxpayers $200,000 each? one-on-one tonight with the treasury secretary, how he answered. and silence broken. a 29-year-old mother, born deaf. tonight, you'll see the extraordinary moment she was able to hear clearly for the first time.
good evening on this sunday night. these are anxious hours for that convicted american college student, amanda knox. the stakes could not be higher. tomorrow morning, she'll walk into an italian courtroom, deliver a final plea to the jury and then learn if she walks free. knox and her former boyfriend are fighting their convictions in the murder of her british roommate. after spending four years in prison, 6,500 miles away from her seattle home, knox could be freed or told she must spend the rest of her life in prison. we have a team on this case tonight, beginning with "20/20" co-anchor elizabeth vargas who has covered this case from the start. and she's in perugia tonight. elizabeth? >> reporter: david, tonight could be amanda knox's final night behind bars. tomorrow morning, her local lawyer will make his closing argument in court and then amanda knox herself will make her much anticipated statement to the court. and then, it is up to the jury to decide her fate. while perugia celebrated its sunday rituals, amanda knox was
alone in her prison cell, in the outskirts of town, putting the finishing touches on the impassioned plea she's expected to deliver tomorrow before she learns her fate. is she nervous about making this statement? >> yes. i mean, it's trying to put into words how to plead for your life. it's a pretty tough thing to do. >> reporter: will she be editing and writing right up until the last second, do you think? >> i think it's going to be relatively to the point. but there's some things that she definitely wants to say. >> reporter: tomorrow's decision is in the hands of this appeals court. the new judge ordered an independent review of the evidence, so crucial in convicting knox and her former boyfriend of murdering meredith kercher. the ruling was a stunning turnaround. >> sitting in court with just tearing running down my face when they said they would let an independent review. it was huge. >> reporter: the experts found that the police collection of kercher's bra clasp said to
contain sollecito's dna was so sloppy, it could have caused contamination. and that the knife the prosecution said was used to kill kercher contained too small of a dna sample to retest it and should have never been introduced. do you feel like you got that point driven home? >> we have explained this to the court. it's the court that has to accept our view. >> reporter: knox's entire family will be in court tomorrow. not far from them, meredith kercher's family. their lawyer says meredith's mother will look the jury in the eye and wants knox to stay in prison. >> i have my hopes for my daughter. but unfortunately, they don't for theirs. and that's a tough one. >> reporter: she's gone forever. >> they don't have a chance with her. and we do, with ours. >> reporter: tomorrow, in her statement to court, amanda knox is expected to express her deepest sympathy for her slain roommate meredith kercher who, just like her, more than four years ago came to this city to
learn italian. david? >> elizabeth, we will see you tomorrow. and the italian courts, of course, are very different than what we know here at home. two judges and a half dozen jurors on this case. they will all deliberate together, the judges included. and there's a very good chance they've been deliberating already. "good morning america's" josh elliott, also in perugia tonight. >> reporter: the decision to keep amanda knox in prison or set her free will be made by these eight people. two judges and six jurors. unlike in the american jury system, this group of five women and one man has been free to discuss the case among themselves and with the judges. >> jurors can read newspapers, they can watch tv. there is no sequestering of jurors in italy at all. so they are as vulnerable as any member of the public to a lot of the hyperbole that appears in italian newspapers and on italian tv to this day. >> reporter: perhaps the strongest influence on these jurors, the judges themselves.
italian judges help guide the jury in weighing evidence. which is why many believe knox's case first needs to convince them. the lead judge in the case, this 68-year-old, is said to be respected and experienced. >> the judge, who is really running this appeal, is a very fair judge, by and large. he's the one who allowed independent forensic specialists to look at the evidence. >> reporter: a couple of points to emphasize. again, those two judges lead the deliberations with the six jurors. and perhaps just as important, these deliberations have been ongoing throughout the entire process. it seems possible that a decision here could have, in essence, already been reached. david? >> josh, thank you so much. i want to bring in abc news legal analyst dan abrams tonight. dan, you've been watching the case so closely. so, tomorrow, we could learn if she's been 6,500 miles away from home for four years and going to return home. >> reporter: that's right. and she could be set free tomorrow.
some processing and she could be going home. now, it's possible prosecutors could appeal and people talked about the possibility of extradition. the bottom line is, if she walks free, i think it's safe to say she's free. >> i want to ask what everyone is asking you, everywhere you go, what are the chances of that? >> reporter: i think there's a slightly more than 50% chance that she'll be released. with that said, there are people here who are presuming she'll be released. and saying it's a foregone conclusion. look, there is still evidence to suggest that she and her boyfriend were in the home that night. the problem is, there's not a lot of evidence, if any at all, that she was actually involved in the murder. and that's the problem that the prosecutors have. >> more at hand here than just the dna. >> reporter: that's right. >> dan abrams tonight, thank you. we'll see you tomorrow morning. and abc will broadcast a special edition of "good morning america," amanda knox, judgment day, as the ruling is handed down. and abc news will break in when that verdict comes. "gma," first thing in the morning from italy. we do move on tonight, and here in new york, ghon strap
to demonstrators are camped out on wall street this evening again as their protests now grow across several states. this weekend, there were 700 arrests as protesters tried to make their way across the brooklyn bridge. and so tonight, here, we ask, what's driving these protesters? and this is just the beginning? here's abc's t.j. winick. >> reporter: they are hundreds strong, and the protesters calling themselves occupy wall street claim to speak for millions. >> it's about democracy. anybody here has an opportunity to speak, an opportunity to be heard. >> reporter: their causes? everything from global warming to gasoline prices to corporate greed. but all here are united by their anger over what they say is a broken system. that serves the wealthy and powerful at the expense of the rest. >> i don't care if you're rich or poor, black or white, where you live. everybody's got a financial inequity system oppressing them. >> reporter: few had heard of occupy wall street 14 days ago, when protesters moved into this park in the heart of new york's financial district. but after 15 straight days, they are now getting the backing of prominent celebrities and powerful labor unions. sympathetic protests are popping
up in other cities, including l.a., boston and washington. >> 8 out of 10 americans think the country is on the wrong track. so, they're just expressing what people have been feeling for at least a decade, probably. >> reporter: the protesters call this block of downtown manhattan liberty square. it's been their home for nearly two weeks. and it really is a city unto itself. there's a media center and library. a kitchen right here. they even have their own medical clinic. the protesters are getting the word out through social media and their very own newspaper. the majority are under 30 but they are activists of every age. >> every demonstration has begun, first with ignoring it and then with sneering at it and then with hating it and then finally people get the message. >> reporter: the demonstrations have been mostly peaceful. until yesterday, when 700 were arrested trying to take over a lane of the brooklyn bridge. >> the key thing about any social movement is that it is on the agenda that both parties don't want to deal with. >> reporter: while they have yet to attain tea party-like
influence, occupy wall street hopes their message continues to gain momentum and ultimately has some influence on the 2012 elections. david? >> t.j. winick downtown tonight, thank you so much. and we do move onto the presidential race this evening and the sharpest attacks yet by president obama against the republicans who want his job. the president pointedly asking why none of them spoke out at that recent debate when a gay soldier asking a question was booed. here's abc's david kerley. >> reporter: the election may be a year away, but candidate obama went after every republican running for president. >> we don't believe in the kind of smallness that says it's okay for a stage full of political leaders, one of whom could end up being the president of the united states, being silent when an american soldier is booed. we don't believe in that. >> reporter: that american soldier appeared on videotape at the most recent republican debate, an openly gay soldier, who was booed by some in the audience when he asked a
question. >> do you intend to circumvent the progress that's been made for gay and lesbian soldiers in the military? [ booing ] >> reporter: not one of the candidates on the stage said anything about the booing. leaving them open to the combative chiding from the president at last night's human rights campaign dinner. >> you want to be commander in chief, you can start by standing up for the men and women who wear the uniform of the united states, even when it's not politically convenient. >> reporter: some of the republican candidates said after the debate, they didn't hear the boos, others said they weren't given time to comment. today on abc's "this week," candidate herman cain was asked directly if he now regrets not rebuking the boos during the debate. >> i did not have that luxury because i was not in control. i was not the moderator. >> in retrospect, would you have done something given the controversy -- >> in retrospect, because of the controversy it has created and because of the different interpretations it could have had, yes, that would have been appropriate. >> reporter: we reached out to
the other republican campaigns looking for reaction to the strong comments by the president. none of them responded directly to what the president has to say. david? >> david kerley tonight, thank you. and now to another political headline this evening, involving texas governor rick perry, and a hunting ranch in texas used for years by him and his family. the original name of it included a racial slur painted on a rock out front. it has now been painted over, but rey questions about how long ago the change was made. so, we want to bring in our senior washington editor rick klein, in washington this evening. rick, how is the perry campaign responding? >> reporter: david, this is a real challenge for them to deal with. now, the governor says his father had the sign painted over nearly three decades ago, but several people told "the washington post" they could still read the word as recently as a few years back. the perry campaign has been fierce on this in responding, but one of per ripry's rivals, herman cain, told abc today that
the fact the sipe was still visible shows a, quote, lack of sensitivity. david, i say the problem that perry has here is that raises questions of his electability in the general election at the same time republicans are more worried than ever about finding a candidate who can defeat the president. >> more to come from him on this. and watching chris christie this week. an announcement expected. also watching his wife, rick. we all know she wasn't warm on the idea of a presidential campaign, but things could be turning? >> reporter: that's right. campaign aides say she has changed her mind on this and she's open to the possibility of her husband running for president. we do expect the final decision, or the next final decision, i suppose, in the next couple of days. time is running short. the first filing deadlines for state primaries come up in less than two weeks, david. >> thank you, rick. we do turn overseas this evening after that attack that killed one of al qaeda's most prominent voices, the american-born cleric anwar al awlaki. he's now part of a growing list of al qaeda leaders the u.s. has hunted down and killed, dealing a major blow to the terror network. this evening, a new threat emerging. a criminal clan that specializes in extortion, murder and kidnapping, with ties to pakistan's intelligence service. abc's nick schifrin in the region tonight.
>> reporter: deep in the pakistani tribal areas, there is only one law -- the gun. this small area is controlled by not the pakistani government but by militants, a network of at least 5,000 called the haqqani. as al qaeda as weakened, the haqqanis have used bombs, crimes and murder to become the region's most powerful terrorists. >> my name is bowe bergdahl. >> reporter: for two years, they have held u.s. soldier bowe bergdahl. they ambush u.s. troops along the border. and their most audacious attack? they fired rockets into the u.s. military headquarters and the u.s. embassy in kabul. >> you got muzzle fire from that brown construction building! >> reporter: all the while, they were supported by the very organizations that get billions of dollars of u.s. aide -- pakistan's military and intelligence agency. >> the haqqani network acts as a veritable arm of pakistan's internal services intelligence agency.
with isi support, haqqani operatives planned and conducted that truck bomb attack, as well as the vault on our embassy. >> reporter: the haqqanis are wealthy, powerful and brutal. when they find cia spies, they force them to confess on camera and then shoot them in the street. pakistan has worked with the haqqanis for decades but it denies making deals with them to attack in afghanistan. >> the men in uniform, they do not believe in the agreements with terrorists. >> reporter: but the fact is, the haqqani leadership isn't based here in afghanistan. it's based in pakistan. and until pakistan and the u.s. together deal with the haqqanis, the network will only grow stronger and kill more u.s. troops. nick schifrin, abc news, kabul. >> our thanks to nick tonight. and still ahead on "world news" this sunday night, that astounding figure. the president wants to create jobs, but at what price? will taxpayers really be spending $200,000 for every one of those jobs?
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this weekend from washington, president obama is asking, where is the action from congress on his massive jobs plan? and as he asks about that, we ask something else right here on "world news," is it really true that it would cost the american taxpayer $200,000 per job? it was nearly three weeks ago now the president announced his jobs act. even the name made headlines. >> it's called the american jobs act. >> the american jobs act? was "employment ideas tbd" already taken? >> reporter: the comics wasted no time. the president clear this weekend he believes congress is. >> it's time for congress to get its act together and to pass this jobs bill so i can sign it into law. >> reporter: and while the president now argues congress isn't doing much, some economists have. one in particular, doing the math. very simple math. the harvard economist started with the price tag, nearly $450 billion. and then divided it by the most generous forecast, creating 2 million jobs next year. the cost per job? about $200,000, perhaps even more.
that economist has been sharing those numbers -- >> 1 or 2 million jobs over the next two years, and that sounds like a lot, until you realize that's about $200,000 per job. >> reporter: we took that math to treasury secretary tim geithner. one harvard economist crunched the numbers and said of the nearly $450 billion spent, if you break down the numbers, that every job created would cost the american taxpayer $200,000. that's a lot of money for a relatively few number of jobs. >> i think it's the wrong way to look at it. think about the alternative. if people in washington just sit there and do nothing, then the economy will be much weaker. unemployment will be higher. the average american will feel much more pressure. >> reporter: even if every job costs $200,000? >> you have to think about the cost of the alternative. >> mr. geithner arguing that the $200,000 price tag ignores tax cuts for the average americans, incentives for small business and the new infrastructure that would be built by the plan. we want you to weigh in on the debate. the entire transcript of the interview at
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and finally tonight here, that extraordinary image. a young mother, hearing her own cries for the first time. the video has gone viral. sarah, 29, a mother of two, born deaf, wearing hearing aides since she was a baby, never able to hear clearly. here, sitting at a medical center in houston, after an implant in the middle ear. they turn the device on. >> now technically, your device is on. there you go. it's exciting. >> reporter: she holds her hands to her face in disbelief. >> you can put it down for a second, just get used to the sound. what does it sound like? >> i've never heard myself cry. >> reporter: hearing herself cry and hearing the nurse, too. >> can you hear me? you hear your voice? >> reporter: she's written about
her laughter since, blogging, "i just started crying, then crying more because i could hear myself crying, then laughing, then freaking out over my laugh." and about her husband, rare appreciation when it comes to his snoring. "i'm thinking i'll leave the device on and listen to him snore. i have to be the only wife that's looking forward to that." all those years teaching herself how to speak with those hearing aides. now she can hear clearly. that's the broadcast tonight. thanks for being here. diane, right here tomorrow night. good night. >> my daughter was killed this morning. >> alan: a father in mourning tonight after a party turns ledly in sap -- san leandro.
it happened last night in san lean dough. a party promoted on the internet got out of hand, and tonight the father of one of the victims is asking witnesses to do the right thing. we're live in san leandro. >> allen, that father tells us he actually started getting worried about his daughter this morning because she hadn't showed up from a party she was at last night, and then he heard about a shooting at this parking lot across the street. so he rushed over to talk to police. >> roger keel says his daughter is one of the three young people shot to death following the party he says she wored his green ford explorer to take her friend. >> i'm devastated. i'm looking at my car, with bullet holes in my windshield where i sit. i know my daughter suffered a horrible death. >> his daughter, 19-year-old shanise keel, drove six of her friends, and